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Balppa keen to see industry input to seaside regeneration review

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The leisure industry’s trade body, Balppa, has welcomed Parliament’s decision to form a select committee to examine the state of Britain’s seaside resorts. Unveiled by the Lords only last week, Balppa chief Paul Kelly was quick to respond to the initiative, identifying the committee as a key step forward in regenerating the UK’s coast. “I was pleased to see that the...

Renewed focus on coastal resorts show it’s time to back the Great British seaside

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With the House of Lords, Labour, the Bank of England, UKHospitality, BALPPA and Bacta all renewing focus on coastal communities, now is the time to band together and back the Great British seaside. Recently, it has become clear that a renewed focus is turning towards coastal communities and their economies. This fresh attention comes not only from Bacta, BALPPA and UKHospitality,...

Kelly: A diverse industry needs dedicated support

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The diligent work of the UK leisure market can often go overlooked according to Paul Kelly, BALPPA chief executive. However, with Brexit on the horizon and the market seeing a raft of new entrants, the time is now for the government to stand up and offer the sector its full support.   Whilst the UK leisure industry is undergoing a period...

Infrastructure must attract tourists beyond London, BALPPA says

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The government must improve infrastructure to aid the spread of tourism out from London to other UK destinations, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has said.   Paul Kelly, CEO of BALPPA, explained that a “fragmented” booking system acts as a barrier for tourists who may be looking to venture further from the country’s capital and most...

BALPPA Conference to conclude season

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BALPPA will be putting a close to the summer season at its Autumn Conference on 12- 13 October.   The society, which represents the interests of the UK’s commercial leisure parks, piers, zoos, visitor attractions and family entertainment centres, has invited its 300-plus members to attend. Taking place in Devon, the two-day event will kick off with its traditional Charity Golf Day...

BALPPA launches new bowling seminar for September

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The Tenpin Bowling Proprietors Association and BALPPA will be holding a Tenpin Bowling seminar on Wednesday 20 September at Tenpin in Feltham.   The first seminar of its kind for BALPPA, an informative program has been planned. A wide range of topics across the ten-pin bowling industry will be covered, including history, key data, player base, projected growth, rental and the latest...

BALPPA await talks on apprenticeship levy and rateable values

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Following initial meetings with officials in Westminster, BALPPA CEO Paul Kelly is preparing for talks regarding the transparency of the rateable values process and the clarity of the apprenticeship levy’s seasonal pilot scheme.   Interrupted by parliament’s summer recess, attractions trade association BALPPA has been meeting with Westminster officials both to investigate opportunities regarding the apprenticeship levy, and to ensure a...

Leisure and hospitality sectors welcome MAC

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Responding in chorus to the government’s announced intention to study the role of EU workers in post-Brexit Britain, the ALMR, BBPA, BHA and BALPPA have emphasised how crucial migrant labour is to their respective sectors.   Trade association chiefs from the leisure and hospitality sectors welcomed home secretary Amber Rudd’s announcement on 26 July that a Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), made...

Key tourism figures to speak at VAC 2017

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Organisers of this year’s VAC (Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions), BALPAA, have confirmed VisitEngland’s Chairman will be speaking at the event.   Now in its 14th year, the Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions (VAC) will take place on 4 October, and will feature key tourism bosses on the podium. The event is organised by BALPAA, which represents the interests of...

BALPPA Autumn conference heads down to Devon

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The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) Autumn conference will take place in Devon, running over 12- 13 September.   This year’s edition will feature the traditional Charity Golf Day - in support of the chairman Paul Kelly’s chosen charity, a member meeting, attraction visits, conference dinner and an overnight stay. Accommodation will be available at the Jurys Inn...

BALPPA may benefit from DUP demands

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The DUP’s unlikely rise in influence could provide BALPPA members with the Brexit they desire. With having the only  land border with the EU, the Northern Irish party is expected to pressure Theresa May for some version of ‘free movement of labour’ - a key issue for BALPPA in the Brexit deal. “From our members we have a very clear mandate...

Attractions apps developer shares experience

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Attractions.io, a software firm that develops apps for attractions, took part in the BALPPA marketing seminar on 26 April.   CEO of Attractions.io Mark Locker shared the company’s experience in deploying mobile apps for visitor attractions with fellow attendees at the event held at West Midlands Safari Park. Locker spoke alongside Rob Griffiths, head of marketing at Paultons Park, a partner of...

BALPPA and BHA warn immigration controls could hit seaside sector

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The leisure and hospitality industry are gravely concerned at the employment prospects of a Brexit Britain. With such a strong support from overseas workers, the sectors fear that costs will have to rise if EU nationals can no longer able to freely work in British businesses.   BALPPA and the British Hospitality Association have warned that tighter immigration controls could damage...

Home office responds to hospitality worker concerns

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The Home Office is looking into plans for short term visas for young EU nationals to support the hospitality industry post-Brexit.   Ministers are considering a two-year fixed visa for young Europeans seeking work in low-skilled sectors in a move that follows the raising of serious concerns over the UK’s hospitality industry post-Brexit. The new visa route would be targeted at those...

Supreme Court case stirs school holiday debate

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With a recent ruling against unauthorised school holidays setting a new precedent on the issue, BALPPA’s chief executive Paul Kelly sheds light on what these new developments might mean for the UK attractions industry.   The future of school holidays and their effect on leisure businesses and tourism was put into the limelight last week as a father lost his legal...

Article 50: Calls for clarity over confusion

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The enactment of Article 50 by Parliament has started the clock on the process that will see the UK leave the EU, but there are some concerns within industry circles as to what it will truly entail. The devil, it seems, is in the detail - and the detail still seems a long way off. Thomas Rush explains.   With the...

Tourism Sector Backs Campaign for Lighter Evenings

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“Let’s use our daylight hours more wisely” states BALPPA. Britain’s leading tourism sector amusement and leisure parks are calling on the Government to shift UK clocks to Central European Time, putting the UK one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two hours ahead in the summer - creating lighter evenings all year round for the UK's tourism sector. According to...

Butlin’s boss calls for school holidays VAT cut test

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Dermot King has once again issued calls for a reduction in leisure VAT, suggesting that impeding school holidays would be ripe for experimentation.   The boss of Butlin’s-owner Bourne Leisure has called on the government to test the effect of a cut in VAT on the tourism industry by implementing it during school holidays. Dermot King, who is also chairman of the...

Training for cool heads in a crisis from BALPPA

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BALPPA is set to run two seminars in May and June to give operators the skills and confidence to deal with crisis management.   BALPPA will be running two crisis management events to give site operators advice on how to deal with a potential situation at their attraction, before social media can impact their reputation. Each seminar will be one day long,...

Government urged to take action to insure the future of piers

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BALPPA has recommended that the UK Government should underwrite the insurance of piers to allay the financial burdens they face due to their geographic vulnerability.   Recent storms may have brought the plight of piers around the country into sharp focus, but for many years operators have found organising insurance increasingly difficult due to a mix of rising premiums, and a...

ALMR renews calls for business rates action

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Calls for business rates revamp grow following details of Amazon’s business rates cut.   The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, which represents a large number of pubs across the country, is leading renewed calls for a business rates revamp. Trade associations including BALPPA and Bacta have spoken on out on this issue before, but the ALMR has been prompted to issue fresh...

BALPPA joins growing parliamentary FOBT campaign

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Pier and leisure attractions trade group BALPPA has officially signed on as an association member of the FOBT APPG, which has recently become a lightning rod for the debate around B2 machines.   The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has become the latest organisation to back the growing campaign for action on FOBTs. BALPPA is the Trade Association...

Three generations of Thompson at BALPPA

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Nick Thompson, of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, has become the third member of his well-known family to become chairman of the attractions trade association, BALPPA. For the first time in its 81 year history, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has elected a third-generation chairman. Announced during the trade association’s January AGM, Nick Thompson was selected to...

EAG organisers celebrate “positive” showcase

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The organisers of the EAG and VAE are reporting a very positive reception across the assorted exhibitors and visitors at this year’s event. Reports gathered by show organisers indicate that the view from the floor of EAG and VAE was generally positive at this year’s joint exhibition, with many indicating that the quality of visitor, and their eagerness to spend,...

EAG 2017 report – BALPPA: EAG VAE setting the tone for a busy year

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The Visitor Attraction Expo partnered with EAG for its third edition this year, once more showcasing a wide variety of products from the burgeoning  leisure market. Coinslot spoke to Paul Kelly, CEO of BALPPA, about the growth of the sector. The UK entertainment industry saw a productive year in 2016, with an upturn in domestic tourism a driving force. With...

Exhibition variety delivers the key aspect

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The Visitors Attraction Show is at EAG for the third year and BALPPA CEO Paul Kelly believes the synergy between the two events gives operators a perfect platform to plan their 2017 projects. The Visitors Attraction Expo is again set to showcase the best of the leisure park and amusement attraction sectors at EAG in London. The variety offered by...

EAG & VAE to offer record-breaking seminar package

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With more seminars on offer than ever before, attendees have more chances that ever to gain insights into the leisure and amusements business at 2017’s EAG and VAE events.   The programme of seminars laid on for the upcoming EAG and VAE shows is set to be the largest ever. Organiser Karen Cooke explained: “For 2017, both BALPPA and Bacta have been...

BALPPA and BERG to again host a charity event at VAE and EAG

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This year, the two companies are hoping to raise money for Help for Heroes, an organisation that provides direct and practical support for wounded, injured and sick veterans, servicemen and women and their loved ones. Together, BALPPA and BERG have created a 500 lap challenge and are looking for visitors to join in the competitive fun. Visitors can volunteer to...

VAE 2017 will be an educational experience

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During the Visitor Attractions Expo on 17-18 January 2017, BALPPA will run a series of educational seminars covering key topics that currently affect the leisure and entertainment industry. Over the course of two days, these seminars will discuss issues such as the benefits of engaging with Viator and TripAdvisor to increase income, how to successfully incorporate a childcare business into...

BHA upset by tourism VAT cut snub in Autumn Statement

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The British Hospitality Association has described last week’s Autumn Statement as a “missed opportunity” for British tourism. It was upset that chancellor Philip Hammond made no move to reduce VAT on attractions, accommodation and restaurants in his first fiscal announcement since the UK’s referendum on EU membership. Along with BALPPA, Bourne Leisure and Merlin Entertainments, the association has lobbied hard for...

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